Cuba is a rarely visited destination for cruising sailors, but this week we bring you reports from some Australian sailors enjoying the amazing waterways and exotic land sights. At the other end of the scale, sailors in Australian country town Ballarat are celebrating just because they have enough water to sail in this weekend!
They're celebrating the water! .. .
Unlike Australia, which scarcely acknowledges the feats of cruising sailors, the great cruising clubs of the USA and the UK celebrate them annually with various awards. The Cruising Club of America has again announced its annual awards and we'll be featuring the profile and achievements of each of them over the next few weeks. This week it is the winners of the 'Far Horizon' Award for ten years and 38,000 miles of cruising.
The Blue Planet Odyssey – a world cruising rally with its focus on the climate change and the environment and with a start in Australia – is shaping to be a ground breaking event, departing in 2015 from Sydney. This week British sailing guru and rally organiser Jimmy Cornell answers why one of the routes chosen is the hazardous Northwest Passage.
While sailing hero Pete Goss was completing a sailing kayak circumnavigation of Tasmania, the investigation into the tragic sinking of the Captain Bligh's replica tall ship Bounty in the Atlantic was – and still is – taking place. This week read evidence presented that the timbers were rotted before she set off.
Captain Bligh's tall ship replica Bounty, in its death throes .. .
Autopilots are invaluable for the cruising sailor - for serious, and not so serious, reasons .. .
Again we have the latest info on new and green products and some fine advice from your fellow cruising sailors. West Marine, whose products bought online arrive in Australia in just a couple of days, have announced two environment-protecting innovative products as their 'Green Products for 2013'; Tech-savvy cruising sailor Neil Langford from Melbourne, but now in Thailand,examines EPIRBs available on the market and discovers some surprising – and disturbing – aspects; read how autopilots are getting smarter and more flexible; and John Jamieson is telling us all to 'think inverted!' when preparing to go sailing. What does that mean? Read the story!
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